Submission Due Date
2/1/2013 (Extended to 1st March, 2013)
Saptarshi Purkayastha, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Knut Staring, University of Oslo, Norway
Theory-driven evaluation came to prominence only a few decades ago with the appearance of Chen’s 1990 book Theory-Driven Evaluations. Since that time, the approach has attracted many supporters as well as detractors. At its core, theory-driven evaluation has two vital components, one conceptual, one empirical. Conceptually, theory-driven evaluations should explicate a program theory or model. Empirically, theory-driven evaluations seek to investigate how programs cause intended or observed outcomes.
Yet, limiting theory to evaluations is somewhat futile, because usually some theory as basis for a “hypothesis” (unless the research is using a grounded approach) is what drives interventions in the first place. For instance, some health information system (HIS) interventions aim to provide information about health system practices towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A great number of theoretical lenses drive Information Systems (IS) interventions, and there have been attempts at collecting overviews of such theories, e.g., http://istheory.byu.edu. However, even though that list is quite comprehensive, it is not exhaustive – for example, it leaves out important perspectives from design science and information infrastructure theory.
In this special issue we seek to showcase papers that are driven by theory – in planning, in action, in diagnosis and in evaluations. Theory-driven interventions is used here to distinguish from report-style papers, position papers or papers that draw concepts purely from observations without theoretical basis prior to intervention.
The special issue would like to highlight studies in HIS that focus on doing IS interventions with a theory in mind or with knowledge building/testing in mind. The studies in the special issue would like to explain the phenomenon of IS intervention through IS theory, yet allow medical researchers/practitioners to connect with them. These studies will help medical informaticians or public health practitioners to realize the importance of existing abstracted knowledge (theory) and consider appropriate theoretical lenses for HIS interventions.
Suggested topics for discussion include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Participatory action-research as a bottom up strategy to problem solving and achieving change in healthcare
- Distinguishing end-users from super-users and theorizing their views in HIS
- Institutionalization of IS within healthcare practices
- Design science perspectives on HIS
- Interventions that deal with structures in health systems and their evolution
- Efforts at scaling interventions and information infrastructure
- Quantity of knowledge absorption, quantity of knowledge transfer, innovation in HIS
- User satisfaction, performance, perception, behaviour, usage as in Cognitive dissonance theory
- Dynamics of social construction and performance of illness through user-driven healthcare practices
- Capabilities, absorptive capacity, environmental turbulence, agility as in Dynamic Capabilities Theory
- Resource Importance, Alternatives, Discretion as in Resource Dependency Theory
- Speech acts, Communicative action as in Language Action Perspectives when HIS systems capture patient narratives or clinician notes or communication in health systems
- Fit-Viability Model of IS interventions on Health systems
- Bridging the gap between what we know and what is knowable in clinical practice
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers (over email to the guest editors) for this special theme issue on or before March 1, 2013. All submissions must be original and should not be under review by another publication. Interested authors should consult the journal’s guidelines for the manuscript submissions at: http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf. Submitted papers should not be more than 8000 words inclusive of abstract, tables and references. All submitted papers will be reviewed by 2 reviewers on a double-blind basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.
We also request interested authors to send an abstract as soon as possible for discussion.
All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
|Saptarshi Purkayastha||Knut Staring|
|Norwegian University of Science & Technology||University of Oslo, Norway|
|E-mail: saptarsp (at) idi<dot>ntnu.no||E-mail: knutst (at) ifi<dot>uio.no|